- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pen and Sword; Reprint edition (March 10 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848842015
- ISBN-13: 978-1848842014
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 558 g
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Stalingrad: How the Red Army Triumphed Paperback – Mar 10 2010
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About the Author
Michael K Jones is an author and historian.Michael Jones is well-known for his innovative, controversial studies of warfare. A former university lecturer in medieval history, he now works as a freelance writer, presenter and battlefield tour guide. He has written numerous articles on warfare for journals. Since 1984 he has been guiding visitors around battlefields, including Stalingrad, Bannockburn, and the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War.
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The reason for my interest in the Battle of Stalingrad is very personal. That is because, in World War II, it might well have saved my life. I came close to losing it, in 1942, when I was seven years old.
I was There! With a capital "T". Not in the military, I was too young - thank God!
[As "national service" I served, in uniform, as a cub scout, serving meals, to US sailors, waiting for the D-day! landings. I was in Cowes, Isle of Wight, off the coast of Southampton and Portsmouth. Between the island and the mainland stood the (floating) Mulberry Harbour, later beached in Normandy, to facilitate the resupply of the military. My brother-in-law, as a British army sergeant, landed at Normandy]
I attach a picture, from air attack damage, in May 1942, where a HE bomb was (among many others - as well as incendiaries) dropped on Arctic Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. The scene is about a quarter of a mile (behind the photographer) from the home of my grandmother: (the house where I was born - in 1935), and about the same distance from the shipyard, where my father worked. At night, he was in the home guard, manning artillery. It was, also, about that same distance from our own house, where I was in the brick air-raid shelter, in the street. Another HE bomb demolished a factory building, two blocks away!
Less than one week earlier, whilst drawing, next to a window, in our house, my head was covered with its shattered glass, from the blast of a bomb, on the shipyard, dropped by a Stuka dive-bomber.
Thank God, we were close to the sea, where the free Polish navy destroyer, Blyskawica, saved our town from much worse death and damage, with fire from its naval guns! And from whence its crew, then, helped to extinguish the fires, from incendiaries, in the town, after swimming across the river Medina! The Blyskawica, now a museum ship in Gdynia, Poland, was built at my dad's shipyard. He helped to build it, as a riveter, about the year that I was born. On active duty, it sank the first and the last German U-boats.
My dad and a neighbor (an old lady) extinguished two burning incendiary bombs, with sand-bags, right in the street, outside of our homes!
One vivid memory, as a child, was listening to the BBC news. In the early stages of the war, after we British had lost a large part of our army at Dunkirk, most of the news was either about Winston Churchill or the progress of the Soviet Red Army. It was, then, the only army fighting on the ground, in Europe. Just as the Russian soldiers and people were "holding on for dear life" at Stalingrad, we British were "holding on" for good news of the Red Army. It helped to save us. Had it not done what it did, I might well not be writing this.
When asked how they had managed to hold out, Chuikov was brutally honest: "It was beyond the understanding of any of us."
I wish you and your city of Volgograd, a very Happy Christmas and a good and prosperous New Year. In my work, with the World Bank and elsewhere, I have visited Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Vologda, Khabarovsk, Cheboksari and Chelyabinsk. On my very first visit to Russia, I met - completely, by accident - with the grandson of Nikita Khrushchev, in his apartment, in Moscow.
Thus, I also wish good progress and happiness for the people of Russia. Whatever the politics and other sad things, I have always received gracious, courteous and kindly hospitality from Russian people, whenever and wherever I have visited. I have also made some longer-term Russian friends, some of whom have sent Christmas greetings to me, today, from Russia.
When I arrived in Moscow, a few years ago, on Christmas Day, Trevskaya was closed off to traffic, highly decorated and full of strolling people. I and my colleagues had our "Christmas Dinner" in a Pizza restaurant, opposite to the Kremlin and then, just as we departed, it began to snow. So, we had a Russian White Christmas.
Please! No more war! A vain hope, perhaps!
Although still British I am now living in the USA. I am 80 years old still married, for 58 years, to another survivor of WW2
What the author gives you is what it was like as a war on the ground with tons of eyewitness accounts and detailed accounts of individual, section and platoon level fighting. Many of the myths about Stalingrad are also dispelled such as Pavlov's house.
While Beevor's book is great in it's Strategic appreciation of Stalingrad, he doesn't get near compared with how Jones makes you feel that you are in the bunker with Chuikov the gutsy field commander along with his men fighting for you life, city and country against a merciless and bitter foe.
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